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we are the olfanauts
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"You're not going to get a promotion, Renton. Look at yourself in the mirror and then take a look at management. I've recommended you to them twice but they said you don't have the pedigree. When was the last time a local was promoted?"
The Deciders are racist as they never promote Kenyans and therefore never allow Kenyans to receive a better salary, as they know the local area isn't affluent and therefore they can get away with paying locals less. "Didn't have the pedigree" has racial connotations, suggesting that as Renton is black, he cannot progress in his job as he is seen to be inferior by his bosses. "Look at yourself in the mirror..." management are white and Renton is black
"I didn't like Rocky's tone. I paid him to fulfil by passion, not to cause me more problems. I was in line for a promotion soon."
Renton has a false sense of power. By being allowed to think he's going to be promoted he feels more important, thus numbing him from the fact he is being exploited by the white European management.
"Every Olfanaut who burned out tried to drag everyone else down with them. The psychologists taught us it was called transference."
Renton is tragically blind to the exploitation occurring in front of him. He is being lied to by psychologists, whom he believes are "teaching him" in order to keep him mentally stable enough in order to keep working.
"Do you realise this is the only place for twenty kilometers that you can do this? Drink water straight from the tap? My parents drive here for their drinking water. I'm putting my sister through school. I pay for every funeral in my family. This is as real as it gets."
The reason why Renton and the other locals can so easily be exploited is explained. Renton receives clean drinking water, an amenity that is sought after in the local area and therefore seen as a luxury by Renton. He receives more money than the rest of his family, therefore he sees his position as very fortunate, yet he unknowingly is paying a price.
A Danish architect had designed the Olfanautics complex after a scene from Karen Blixen's novel, as if that was what we secretly aspired to, a coffee ranch nestled against the foothills of some dew-soaked savannah. The cafeteria was intended to replicate the feel of a safari tent.
Renton had never been to a safari. Shows how the management have an incorrect view of Kenya
What does Olukotun promote?
digital rights through Access Now and the digital freedom programme at the PEN American center
What do the digital rights and digital freedom programmes that Olukotun is involved with oppose?
unnecessary and excessive internet surveillance
exclusion of marginalised and minority groups from online participation
suppression of free speech online, eg right to information and privacy
what is derealisation?
the internet creates a blur between reality and fiction; it creates a virtual reality where fact and fiction become intermixed
How is the Olfanauts like slavery?
The compound that Renton works in is a lot like a plantation; quantibands evoke shackles of slavery. The people who work there are exploited and controlled- they have no hope of promotion
. Jeremy Benson's Panopticon prison-model. Prisoners are constantly watched by invisible guards, after a while prisoners internalise the sense of being watched and condition themselves. This method of control is extended into schools and work places, it makes us change our behaviour and habits. The Olfanauts survey the internet, but are being surveyed themselves, and by themselves.
"What mattered is that you chose a Passion with a measurable goal."
Not everything can be quantified, such as mental health; the quantiband makes you forget these things and makes you think health is just about blood pressure and iron intake, etc. It conditions this behaviour and thus the Olfanauts make themselves resistant to their work.
why is mental health especially important with smell
Smell is linked to personal memories. powerful emotional responses can be linked to smells; you can be conditioned to associate certain conditions with certain smells
what is the story about?
looking at the people we trust to censor and survey the internet- a company with their own corporate agenda; censorship is a way for them to keep getting revenue, it's not a moral matter.
capitalism in w.a.t.o
they are given Olfabucks that can be spent at the gift shop, so money only moves within the company, suggesting a very capitalistic society
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